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... "Squat like/a t6ad,/cl6se at/thS Łar/6f five,/" spits out not elements of harness
but the nastier elements of himself: Whether in florid impotence he speaks, And,
as the prompter breathes, the puppet squeaks; Or at the ear of Eve, familiar Toad,
other textural elements, elements which seem the very antithesis of the ideal of
density. An excessively "imposed" meter, although defective, becomes more
interesting the nearer the meter approaches something like appropriateness.
Thus the ...
In metrical criticism the important principle to keep in mind is that the poet creates
whole poems rather than the elements of poems: it is not his work to present "
beautiful rhythms" but beautiful— that is, wholly coherent— poems (sometimes ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rooze - LibraryThing
This is, indeed, an authoritative guide to meter and form. However, Fussell's arrogance had me running to other equally authoritative yet substantially less elitist sources. Try Mary Oliver's Rules of the Dance or Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled instead. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - michaelm42071 - LibraryThing
This is not the first book to read on the subject of how form assists meaning in poetry; for that I would go back to John Ciardi’s How Does a Poem Mean? But Fussell’s book is a good, succinct one for ... Read full review
part one Poetic Meter
The Nature of Meter
The Technique of Scansion
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